In the context of a rural Indian environment, education is not easily available and schooling is is de-prioritized in favor of labor in nearby silk factories. Anjana School was started in 2000, is an attempt to fill this educational void by creating an ideal elementary school. The school is recognized by the government of Karnataka.
We have created a co-educational school with a very special environment. The school is loved by children, parents, and teachers, and unites the community. The buildings on the campus are built using natural, locally available materials, and with native labor and know-how. The school is run by qualified, concerned, capable and motivated teachers.
Apart from preparing the young to succeed academically and vocationally, it is also our goal to make them self-aware, confident, skilled, and sensitive to human issues, relationships, and their own inner world. Therefore, in addition to providing a formal education based on standards established by the Karnataka State Education board, a lot of non-formal education techniques are also used in the school. Efforts are being made to make sure the child continues to identify himself/herself with the rural life, respect native sentiments and develop a sense of pride and belonging and see the richness in the unique cultural values and ethos that are typical of Indian society.
The school is built on the land donated by local philanthropists, Mr.Krishnamurthy and Mrs.Kalyani Krishnamurthy. Mr.Krishnamurthy, a small time farmer and a priest, donated half acre land on his 4 acre farm to help disadvantaged children get a proper education. The buildings on campus were built through the generous support of donors. The facilities on campus are simple and cost-effective. We do not receive any governmental funding.
The cost of educating a child (operational costs) at the school is approximately $12 (Rs. 500) per child, per month. In an effort to encourage the family’s participation and investment in the child’s education, families are encouraged to contribute approximately $2.50 (Rs.100) per child, per month. The school depends on monthly contribution from caring and generous donor to maintain its operation.
This beautiful pathway welcomes
you to the School
The school is located is a small village (Guttahalli) about forty kilometers to the east of Bangalore, not very far from Whitefield, the nearest town. The campus is located on a 1.5 acre piece of land near the village. Being situated amidst farms, the surrounding is calm and beautiful. The buildings are hidden behind a green cover as the trees we have been planting during the last five years have grown to make the property one of the greenest patches for miles around. The sparrows that had disappeared due to the growing noise and activity now return frequently and can be seen on the campus along with many other species of birds.
The school buildings include a small temple, a large assembly hall, spacious class rooms, residential quarters for teachers, a kitchen, toilets, a simple library, a computer room, a science activity area, and a sports room.
The buildings on the campus have been designed and built by local workmen based on native construction expertise and using locally available materials. For example, the simple roofs made of coconut logs and clay tiles provide adequate circulation and lighting, while simplifying maintenance.
Being a day school, students travel to school from local villages. As most teachers live on campus, they are available for the students even after working hours. On many occasions groups of students stay on campus and spend additional time in extracurricular activities such as astronomy, dance, or folk-drama..
The school also maintains a small dairy and provides a glass of milk fortified with a special nutrition powder supplied by another charity organization to ensure optimal daily nutrition for the school children. The school also maintains a small vegetable garden, which has been quite productive and these activities generates a lot of interest among students. As part of the school’s focus on renewable energy, the school maintains a composting operation and generates cooking gas from two Bio-gas units to meet the daily natural gas requirements of the kitchen.
The classes begin after the assembly. Each class-hour is of 60 min duration.
|Monday to Friday||Saturday (4 – 7th Grades Only)|
|8.15 - 9.00||Assembly||Assembly|
|9.00 – 10.00||Class-hour 1||Yoga Session|
|10.00 – 10.10||Break||Break|
|10.10 – 11.10||Class-hour 2||Veda Chanting, Music Class|
|11.10 – 12.20||Class-hour 3||Fun Mathematics|
|Pre-school session closes|
|13.00 –14.00||Class-hour 4||Weekly Science Experiment|
|14.00 –15.00||Class-hour 5||Weekly Campus Cleaning Session|
|15.00 –16.00||Class-hour 6||Distribution of fortified Milk|
|16.00 –16.15||Distribution of fortified Milk||Distribution of library books for weekend reading|
Activities : Children spend a number of post-lunch sessions in preparing for Wisdom-Wall monthly magazine. Our new activity/science center offers interesting sessions for children including Audio-Visual programs and listening to satellite radio. Many children spend time during late afternoons in games and exercises with guidance from teachers on campus.
Socially useful work : The campus is maintained clean and free of plastics. Children maintain the school garden and their playground. Apart from daily cleaning sessions by rotation among senior students, an elaborate weekly session is carried out on Saturdays.
There is fun and excitement on the campus which is translated into good attendance by the students and negligible dropout rates in the last six years.
Parents are encouraged to volunteer and participate in all school activities.
For example, parents help manage our school milk and nutrition program. They take part in the preparation of the nutrition supplement and ensure its distribution to the children.
A few parents also provide assistance to our outreach programs on literacy and health care as well as children enrollment. The parent volunteers disseminate information on school activities within the villages. Several parents participate in school celebrations of national holidays on campus.
The noisy and crowded City Market bus station in the city has buses leaving to Tattanoor village (route 322M) and Muthkadahalli (route 322)villages. The approximate time table is as follows:
|Route 322M||Route 322||Route 322A|
|Starting||City Market||City Market||Mejestic Bus Stand|
|Departure||6am, 11.30am, 3.30 pm||6.30am, 12.30 & 4 pm||7am, 12.30 pm|
The journey takes about ninety minutes. It is always good to purchase a daily pass costing Rs. 30 and use it the entire day to change buses to get to the destination. Here is the route map:
The route after HopeFarm touches NH207 and you will leave this road at Bodhanahosahalli to a village road (almost an extension to the road you have traveled so far; the NH curves to the left nearly by 90o and goes to Chikkatirupati; look for sign posts to go towards Ayurgram). You will pass through many eucalyptus farms. Do keep your eyes open during your journey to observe baskets of farm produce, chickens and other farm animals.
It is easier to get to the village “Bodhanahosahalli” after reaching Hope Farm. The frequency of buses from either City Bus Stand or City Market to Hope farm is every 20 minutes; change bus at Hope Farm to go to “Bodhanahosahalli.” Once you arrive at Bodhanahosahalli, please call us at the school for help. Someone from the school will meet you at the bus station and escort you to the school.
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